Owner and Movement Specialist

About Janis

Owner and Movement Specialist

I changed my life in my 30s by having a baby as a single mother by choice.  I packed up my apartment in New York City, left my decade long job as a fashion media executive (good-bye, Harper’s BAZAAR) and grabbed my cowboy hat (thanks, Paul Hardy, for helping me with good Stampede style) and said “howdy” to Calgary.  I drew on my decade of training and working with clients privately in my living room to open My Body Couture, the business I wished had existed when I was searching for solutions to my injured runner’s knee or my inability to change my body shape even through 2 hours of exercise per day.

By calling on my unique systems approach that worked in my own “exercise dyslexic body”, as well as others who include cancer survivors, marathon runners, and leaky confused moms, I opened My Body Couture to work with high achievers who want to address the root causes of inefficiencies in movement and nutrition.

I still love my fashion. I’m still sassy.  And nothing about my business shouts “Hi, welcome to the gym”.

I promise a different approach.

I promise a different environment.

I promise different results.

And I promise that I’m definitely not the cookie cutter, spandex-clad fitness trainer you usually encounter.


I love school and I love learning.  So, thanks to these folks, you can trust that I know what I’m talking about:


STOTT PILATES Specialist, Group Matwork

STOTT PILATES Specialist, Group Equipment

STOTT PILATES Specialist, Athletic Conditioning

STOTT PILATES Specialist, Dance

Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner

Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga

Critical Alignment Therapy

TRX® Trainer

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Precision Nutrition Certified (Pn1)

Rainbow Kids Yoga Certified

Paul Grilley Yin Yoga Certified


After years of modelling, stilettos were leading to debilitating back and neck pain. Janis worked with me to improve my core stability so I no longer suffer. My abs and arms look better than ever, and her easy tips are now part of my daily life. Brianna Barnes

As a dance teacher, I am no stranger to injuries. Janis worked with me to help me better understand how I could work to reduce current back pain. After only a few sessions, both me and my Chiropractor noticed huge improvement in many areas and a drastic reduction in back pain. Megan Gauley

I’ve been taking Pilates and Yamuna Body Rolling with Janis for over a year now, and previously went through her health coaching program. Both are amazing. The health coaching came at the right time, right after I had a baby and was struggling to get back into eating properly and being as active. I lost weight and changed the way I eat – I became a vegan as an end result of the coaching.

I then added Pilates and Yamuna Body Rolling to address some 10+ year old injuries that were impacting my daily life and activities. Since starting, my mobility has improved, I’m no longer in daily pain and my figure has also changed significantly. People think I’ve lost weight, even though the scale hasn’t budged a bit. I’m even stronger than I used to be! I’m definitely stronger than I used to be, and my core strength is now back. Most importantly, my pelvic floor is seeing improvements. I highly recommend seeing Janis to transform your body, in ways that you may not have expected.

Diane Sandbrand

When I met Janis I could not exercise without pain and further injury. I had fractured my tibia, tore my ACL, meniscus, twisted my knee cap etc. After months of working together my knee is strong and stable. She has worked on all of my muscles to make each one strong and supporting my body structure properly. Our sessions are challenging, interesting and fun. Janis uses LOTS of different props and techniques in every workout. She “reads” my body to see what is best for me each time. My body has definition everywhere!!! Arms, back,legs, butt, waist!!! My muscles are firm and sculpted.

BUT, the very best part of her routines is I feel fantastic at the end of each one. I can go through my day looking better and feeling stronger, not exhausted, like I did with my previous training programs.

Janis truly provides a unique, effective, and individualized experience. I love it. I am sure you will too.

Tammy Schmidt

The My Body Couture Community

Billyco Junction Farms CSA 

Growing up on a farm near Consort, Alberta, Janis knows very well that there is a BIG difference in nutritional value and taste with locally grown produce that is free from herbicide and pesticide residue. She ‘s also passionate about the importance of supporting local businesses including family farms.

Order your farm-fresh goodness through Billyco Junction Farms and the Community Supported Agriculture (CS) program, and pick it up at the studio on Thursdays July-October.


Pick up your complimentary copy of IMPACT at My Body Couture.

Muladhara Yoga Wear

TK Ranch

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